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Monthly Meetings

  • About the meeting
    The Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Meg Olive room in the RAAFA Estate, Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek (just opposite the RAAFA Museum). Meetings commence at 7.30 pm, and all are welcome and attendance is free.  Following is a list of speakers scheduled to present with a summary of their topic.
  • Aug 2022
    Meeting Date – 16th August 2022

    Guest Speaker – Tony Atkinson

    Topic – The M24 Chaffee light tank.

    Tony Atkinson will give a presentation on the M24 Chaffee light tank, with particular reference to their use by the French in the first Indo – China War, where they were used in an infantry support role to good effect.

  • Sep 2022
    Meeting Date – 20th September 2022

    Guest Speaker – Rhys Grey

    Topic – The involvement of Ivor Rhys, Rhys Grey’s uncle, in the battle of Villers Bretonneux.

    Rhys Grey will present a talk on his uncle Ivor Rhys, his involvement in the battle of Villers Bretonneux, his death at the adjoining village of Blangy Tonville (near Pompey Elliott’s HQ) and the lasting impact on his family in Fremantle. Rhys will also cover the final attack on Villers Bretonneux by Australian troops on the night of the 24 th of April 1918.

  • Oct 2022
    Meeting Date – 18th October 2022

    Guest Speaker – John Gartner

    Topic – John will present a biographical talk on his extensive and varied military career.

    John Gartner will talk on his extensive and varied military career including service with the Australian SAS Regiment, SAS and Rhodesian Selous Scouts, and South African Special Forces. He went on to serve in an advisory and training role across the Sri Lanka defence establishments during the Tamil Tiger insurgency. John still continues to deliver strategic and security consultancy services. John has been asked to bring some copies of his book, “The Fading Light”.

  • Nov 2022
    Meeting Date – 15th November 2022

    Guest Speaker – Rob Smith

    Topic – The Greco – Persian Wars of 499 – 449 BC

    Rob’s talk will cover the Greco – Persian Wars of 499 – 449 BC between the Persian Achaemenid Empire and the Greek City States. The Persian Empire was at the peak of its strength when it invaded mainland Greece but the collective Greek defence resulted in a victory which ensured the survival of Greek culture and political structures long after the demise of the Persian Empire.